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Hamilton Russel

The winery "Hamilton Russel Vineyards" is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (heaven and earth valley) in the South African wine-growing district Walker Bay, This southernmost winery in South Africa is only three kilometers from the Atlantic coast. Nearby is the seaside resort of Hermanus. It was founded in 1976 by the Englishman Tim Hamilton-Russel, a former chairman of an international advertising agency. This is considered one of the South African pioneer of viticulture more recent. Together with the winemaker Peter Finlayson (who then founded the winery "Bouchard Finlayson" with Paul Bouchard in 1990), he produced wines from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in burgundy style, which aroused great attention from the early 1980s.

Since 1991, his son Anthony is running the business. This initiated a subdivision of vineyards in 16 different types of soil suitable for certain grape varieties. There was a complete transformation, for example, you planted Sauvignon Blanc on sandstone floors. The vineyards cover 65 hectares of vineyards on barren and stony soils with a high content of loam and slate. The grape harvest takes place in four readings, during which only the ripest grapes are harvested. The fermentation takes place in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, the expansion in French oak. Top brand is the unfiltered Pinot Noir "Ashborne", first produced in 1996. On the sub-estate "Southern Right Cellars" (15 ha), the focus is on the varieties Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, Every year around 200,000 bottles of wine are produced.

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